Ziggy, I realised only the other day, is close to 50 years old. That’s a darn’ good age for a rat! He first saw the light of day on a page of an exercise book (probably a maths book as mine always had a lot of blank pages!). At first, he was simply a doodle.But, like most of my other “characters” he was soon calling the shots. And so Ziggy became a commentator, voicing his opinion on just about everything, from stupid homework assignments, to All Blacks selection, to politics. And much besides. What became of him? I don’t remember; I suppose he was overtaken, superseded by all the other teenage preoccupations. This version is not the original, but it must be pretty old as I found it inside an old book.
And his name? Well, if you haven’t figured it out, he’s Ziggy Rat because he’s a rat on a ziggurat! (I think that beret, dark glasses and droopy fag were something to do with the influence of Jack Kerouac and the Beat poets!)
And now… for something completely different.
Work in progress…
...a new run-off pipe being laid. Then that pile of gravel has to be washed of its accumulation of silt and shovelled over the pipe. This is what we call a dirty weekend! (That’s the Royal “we” as my contribution is minimal!)
We dawdled home, along the street gazetted as Mango Avenue, but, at least in my mind, known as Arthur Rackham Lane.
And here’s a view of the tidal channel through those mangroves
And before I get out of the office and into the laundry ( insert” grumpy” face), here’s a little something you may not be aware of. Thanks again to my finder-of-facts, Geni.
AN EARLY EASTER
Easter this year is: Sunday March 23, 2008
As you may know, Easter is always the 1st Sunday after the 1st full moon after the Spring Equinox (which is March 20). This dating of Easter is based on the lunar calendar that Hebrew people used to identify Passover, which is why it moves around on our Roman calendar.
Based on the above, Easter can actually be one day earlier (March 22) but that is pretty rare. This year is the earliest Easter any of us will ever see the rest of our lives! And only the most elderly of our population have ever seen it this early (95 years old or above!). And none of us have ever, or will ever, see it a day earlier!
Here are the facts:
The next time Easter will be this early (March 23) will be the year 2228 (220 years from now).
The last time it was this early was 1913 so if you’re 95 or older, you are the only ones that were around for that.
The next time it will be a day earlier, March 22, will be in the year 2285 (277 years from now).
The last time it was on March 22 was 1818. So, no one alive today has or will ever see it any earlier than this year!
UPDATE ON THE BIRD
I emailed a couple of photos to a local bird lady and she is pretty certain we have a Colluricincla megarhynca. Common name of Rufous Shrike Thrush. And, since I can pronounce neither after a couple of sherberts, I’m going to call the bird “Rufus.“
Here’s a picture of the eggs. And before you castigate me for crappy photos, know that I had to stand on a crate and aim the Fuji in the direction of the nest.
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